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Doctor speculates:  O. J.  Simpson maybe suffering from CTE

Forensic neurologist Bennett Omalu, MD, the first person to identify chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of deceased football players, said he strongly believes that O. J. Simpson suffers from CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head and repeated concussions, that makes sufferers volatile and violent.

O.J. Simpson may be suffering from CTE, a brain disease caused by repeated concussions
O.J. Simpson may be suffering from CTE, a degenerative  brain disease caused by repeated concussions.

“I would bet my medical license that he has CTE. Given his profile, I think it’s not an irresponsible conclusion to suspect that has CTE,” Dr. Omalu told People magazine.

Simpson, an NFL Hall of Fame running back, played 11 years for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers, rushing for 11,236 yards and scoring 75 touchdowns during his professional career.

Simpson, who was also an All- American running back at the University of Southern California, was acquitted in 1995 of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson, his wife, and Ron Goldman, her friend.

Simpson is currently serving nine to 33 years in prison for a 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery. Dr. Omalu believes that repeated concussions may have played a role in Simpson’s actions, which was a defense used prior to his 2008 conviction.

Actor Will Smith portrayed Dr. Omalu in the 2015 movie “Concussion.” Though Smith’s performance has been angrily criticized by actress Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv for a time in the television sit-com “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” with Smith before she was fired, the movie’s message about the dangers of football has not been lost on audiences.

Some former NFL players and mothers said they would not let their sons play football. President Obama, who doesn’t have a son, said if he did, he would not let his son play the game.

Hubert’s angry comments nearly  obscured the fact that a black man made a significant medical discovery that has changed the NFL, a $10 billion industry. Maybe that was her blocking assignment.

Wilson to deliver commencement address

Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, will deliver the May 14 commencement address at the University of Wisconsin. In 2011, Wilson led the Badgers to a Big 10 title and a Rose Bowl berth during his only year at the University of Wisconsin. Wilson led the Seahawks to Super Bowl XLV where the team defeated the Denver Broncos 43–8 to win their first NFL title.

President Obama honors the Golden State Warriors

President Barack Obama with the Golden State Warriors
President Barack Obama honored Golden State Warriors, the 2015 NBA champions during a ceremony at the White House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suspended Wheaton College professor will not return to the school

Dr. Larycia Hawkins with members and visitors on Sunday St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Chicago.
Dr. Larycia Hawkins with members and visitors on Sunday St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Chicago.

Dr. Larycia Hawkins, a tenured Wheaton College professor, who had been suspended by the school for saying Christians and Muslims worship the same God, will not return to the school. “The College and Dr. Hawkins have reached a confidential agreement under which they will part ways,” officials of the school, which is located in Wheaton, Ill., announced on Saturday.

Dr. Hawkins, an associate professor of Political Science, taught at the school nine years. The school suspended her in December http://www.northstarnewstoday.com/news/professor-suspended-for-comments-about-one-god/

“I appreciate and have great respect for the Christian liberal arts and the ways that Wheaton College exudes that in its mission, programs, and in the caliber of its employees and students,” Dr. Hawkins said.

in pursuit of further reconciliation, the two sides will hold a joint press conference 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 10, at the Chicago Temple United Methodist Church, 77 W. Washington in Chicago.

 

Owner of Sun-Times purchases controlling stake in the Chicago Tribune

Michael W. Ferro Jr. , former chairman of Wapports Inc., LLC, owner of the Chicago Sun Times, has been named chairman of the Tribune Publishing Co., owner of the Chicago Tribune after purchasing a controlling interest in the company.

Through Merrick Media LLC, Ferro paid $44.4 million through a private placement for Chicago-based Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times and a number of English- and Spanish-language newspapers in the Chicago area and elsewhere.

The private placement for the Tribune company, which is expected to report revenues of $1.66 billion to $1.67 billion, closed February 3.

Tribune publishing named Ferro its non-executive chairman of the board. Ferro is former chairman of Wrapports, a company he still owns.

 

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